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Art as teleportation via the internet

27 Aug

Artist Mariele Neudecker has expressed a fascination for the ability to create art in multiple locations simultaneously, via the internet.
Mariele Neudecker visual artist

‘Divorced, beheaded, died. Divorced, beheaded, survived’ (2000) is her sculpture of a stretched skull based on the skull in Holbein’s painting ‘The Ambassadors.’ Her 3D digital image of the skull is machine-carved out of resin. ‘The stereo lithography machine cut that 3 dimensional, virtual object out into resin,’ she says of the new technology, which she sees as ‘a kind of a forerunner of teleportation, I suppose, because in theory, you could have a computer sitting in Cardiff and send all the information and data down to Australia, and have the machine cut out exactly the same object. You can put any object, any three dimensional object, from the computer into reality’ (Neudecker, 2002).

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100 artists

10 Jul

Today is the last day for artists and art professionals to help with this body of research by completing the online survey on art and internet use: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/artexposure

It shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes to complete and does not collect personal data. Nearly 200 artists have helped so far, and over 100 didn’t request to remain anonymous, and they now have links here. Thank you all!

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Artists & Art Professionals, take the survey!

25 Jun

Calling all creatives who want to know more about how artists use the internet!

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If you are an artist or arts professional, please TAKE THE SURVEY! In about 10 minutes you can really help gather data that can help all of us find out how artists are doing in an increasingly digitised world. In all circumstances the information will be treated  carefully and not shared. No private data is collected. More info here.

Artist interview

13 Jun

I’m excited that tomorrow I have the privilege of  interviewing Alexandra Abraham, an artist who has an exemplary website: it’s clear and easy to use, has personal touches and is very up-to-date.

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Web Awards

31 May

The Web Marketing Association has a yearly prize for the best websites across nearly 100 industries. The winners of this year’s Web Awards will be announced in July. It will be interesting to know which websites marketing experts select, for us to find out what goes on in other sectors. I’d love to know what art websites get submitted, if any!

Below are some of the winners of past Web Awards. These are examples of what other industries are doing on the net that is considered outstanding. They may serve as a source of inspiration for independent artists. Artist rarely have the resources to create technically masterful websites, but can they make up for it with imagination! Is your art website better looking? Possibly. More interactive? I’m doubtful, but please tell me of any art or animation websites that are really fun to use.

Lessons from politics

30 May

How useful is the internet to become president/prime minister? Journalists around the world have debated this matter extensively. Recent research suggests that in Britain, ‘David Cameron could have achieved his goal of achieving an overall majority had he and the party engaged more comprehensively online like Obama. In the age of personalised information and social networking there are growing networks of influencers, and the decision by two of the main leaders not to use Twitter highlights that there is a lack of understanding about how people in the UK find and share information.’

Does this indicate that similar online campaigns could secure funding for artists or get to be in the top gallery aimed for?

What is this research?

21 May

Hello,

My name is Cristina Nualart and my purpose here is to encourage a dialogue on how artists use the internet (websites, social media, online galleries, etc.) to showcase their work, develop their practice or advance their careers.

Many would agree that networking has been essential to make a deal, secure an exhibition or meet an influential artist – and this system seems to be quite prevalent in all types of businesses. It appears to be a part of our innate social make-up. New technology, as we know, is enabling different ways of communication. Whilst the internet may saturate us with information, it is also the first port of call to learn and to make known.

How do you feel about this? Is a website essential? Does not having one hinder you? Have you made one yourself or did you get professional help? Does it take you away from your art or does the time spent online benefit your practice? At this early stage, the more impressions I get, the better.

If you would like to take part in this postgraduate research, as an artist, gallerist, collector, marketing professional, web-surfer or other interested party, please leave a comment or email me onK0952154@kingston.ac.uk. I’d be very grateful and will be happy to share findings (but never sharing personal data). Thank you!